Five Potatoes

“Five,” she muttered while staring at the potatoes she held in her hands. How can we survive the coming winter? I doubt we’ll even make it through the week. The middle-aged woman who looked older than her years slumped in the creaky chair in her bare kitchen. Her fear of the future, like a thick, … Continue reading

This Pinay voting from Uncle Sam’s land

While at the hotel reception desk in Makati during our recent weeklong visit from the US, a white guy made small talk with my husband, another white guy. The stranger said, “I’m happy to be flying out on Saturday. These foreigners are idiots.” It took an incredible amount of self-control for me not to grab … Continue reading

On writing and waiting

I regularly get calls from people who want us to publish their book. They must have been scanning a directory or googling “Publishers in the Philippines,” and our name, OMF Lit, comes up. Most of the people I talk to are eager to see their work in print. The first line to me usually goes, … Continue reading

Silent treatment from the USCIS

Knock, knock. Anybody home? It’s been almost 13 months since our I-129F application was acknowledged by the USCIS (the multi-step processing takes an average of six months). If they needed more information—evidence of relationship, legal or financial capacity to marry, anything—we would’ve gladly given it to them, no questions asked. Almost every day I get … Continue reading